Lately, there's been a lot of discussion—if not outright arguments—over what service-oriented architecture (SOA) is, or is not, supposed to accomplish. Some analysts even say SOA—or at least what we've been led to believe was SOA—is dead.

Last month, at the International SOA Symposium in Rotterdam, I had the unique honor of joining a group of thought leaders and industry experts who sat down and worked to clear the air, once and for all, as to what it means to service-orient a system, and arrive at a consensus as to what SOA should mean to organizations. The result was a document called the “SOA Manifesto.” 

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